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Oil and Manufactured Housing, 3 Charts Spotlight Facts, Trends, What, and Where Hot Spots Are

January 18th, 2018 Comments off

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Sources also agree that when energy costs are lower, that tends to be good for manufacturing and business.

When consumers pay less for energy, they have more disposable income for other things; including housing.

So a recent report that U.S. shale oil output is surging could be yet another indicator of better times ahead in America.

 

 

 

 

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Modular man-camp. near Williston, ND,. AP.

The three charts below sum it up, for where the hot-spots are.

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Per CNBC,

  • U.S. shale oil production will grow by 111,000 barrels a day to 6.55 million barrels a day in February, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast.
  • Output from the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico is seen rising by 76,000 barrels a day.
  • Growth from shale oil regions is driving a recovery in U.S. oil production.

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While energy, particularly oil, has often contributed to booms-and-busts for manufactured housing in a given area, as the shale technology evolves, the “plays” tend to be longer.

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Keith Olbermann on Trump Supporters – Industry Reacts – When “Trailer Trash” Isn’t What You Think

April 25th, 2017 2 comments
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Trump supporters at the White House – Kid Rock, left, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent (right). Credit: Truth Examiner.

In what is quickly becoming known as the “tweet heard ‘round the manufactured housing world,” former ESPN and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann’s reference to President Donald Trump supporters — former Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock during their White House visit — as “trailer park trash” has set off a fire storm.

It is amazing to me that any media person can stereotype millions of Americans without being worried about their career being at stake,” said Frank Rolfe.

Controversial tweet by GQ's anti-Trump shock jock Keith Olbermann.

Controversial tweet by GQ’s anti-Trump shock jock, Keith Olbermann.

In today’s politically correct world, why is it acceptable to use such a derogatory term as “trailer park trash“?

Rolfe opens up another potent question with his statement: why does it seem that some “get a pass” by the mainstream media, when others do not?

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Newscasters and journalists are losing their careers over the use of every other insulting slang term — however minor — simply from special interest groups threatening to boycott the advertisers. So why is ‘trailer trash’ the one insulting term in the U.S. that you can use without any fear of reprisal? Is it because the average American feels it’s true,” asks Rolfe, “thanks to the consistent negative portrayal of the industry in the media?”

Those in the industry know that there are some terrible properties out there, but they are a tiny fringe group of the 44,000 communities in the U.S. The average manufactured home community resembles a traditional subdivision — sometimes nicer than the surrounding subdivisions. We can only change the ‘trailer park trash’ stereotype by convincing the general public that the term is unfair and offensive and not a statement of fact,” Rolfe told MHProNews.  

He added, “That would generate a grassroots movement to protest the term aggressively and that, in turn, would scare the media away from ever using it again. If any journalist who uttered the phrase “trailer park trash” immediately lost their job, then it would disappear overnight.”

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Rolfe’s Not Alone…

And, Rolfe is far from alone in his feelings.

It’s an absolute disgrace that this pejorative (“Trailer Park Trash”) somehow remains ‘socially acceptable’ among the politically correct elite and their mouthpieces,” said MHARR President & CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD.

People like Olbermann, who routinely slam others over alleged ‘micro-aggressions’ and other fabricated nonsense, would do well to show proper and decent respect for the millions of hard-working Americans who are able to own a home of their own because of the unequalled affordability of manufactured homes located either in — or outside of — manufactured home communities,” Weiss said to MHProNews.They, and a lot of other Americans living in the heartland of the country, deserve better than this type of arrogant slander.”

A Moment of Personal Commentary, by RC Williams, OK’d by the Editor…

As a writer who covers the manufactured housing industry – and also happens to be black – I wondered out loud today if Olbermann would have received the same “atta boys” and backslaps from his echo chamber if he would have used terms like “ghetto urchin,” “welfare queen,” or “wetback beaner” to describe hard working White, Black or Hispanic Americans?

There isn’t anything wrong with disliking a person, or having a different political, or policy perspective.  Such may be the case with Olbermann when it comes to Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock.  But Olbermann seems to be acting like a junior kid who didn’t receive discipline when he was young – and thinks it’s OK to do or say whatever he wants.

Journalism requires research, and respect, to build credibility. Olbermann seriously put his into question with his comments, and offended millions in the process.

Perhaps lacking sound arguments against the economic progress already being made by the Trump Administration, Olbermann resorts to what weak minds turn to — cheap insults and ad hominem attacks.

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Community Owners Sound Off

Mari Blaquiere and Todd Lamb of Lamb Investments, are among the many who provided on-the-record comments to MHProNews from community owners on this issue.

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Lamb views the situation as partisan hypocrisy.

Wow!! Keith Olbermann should be careful. I’m sure he knows that God humbles the proud, and gives grace to the poor,” said Lamb.

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This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy from the left. They demand and cry for ‘political correctness’ from the GOP and Christians, but then turn around and place themselves in the judgment seat (which should be reserved for God alone – Duet 32:35) by using the term ‘Trailer Park Trash.’”

Lamb continued.

Some of the most joy-filled, hard-working and good people that I have had the privilege to know live in Manufactured Home Communities. I’m sure they would not appreciate his terminology, or Olbermann’s judgment on two Rockers and Sarah Palin.”

It really is shocking to see the left-wingers squirm when they are not in power,” Lamb said. “A reminder to all Conservatives:Pray for Donald Trump, the President is under constant attack.’”

Not All Will Speak Up – On or Off the Record – To Defend the Industry and It’s Homeowners

MHProNews asked Kevin Borden of MHAction for a comment, giving him an opportunity to defend the industry’s homeowners.

Silence.

As with Borden, and also after more than 48 hours, a request was made to the senior staff at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for their reactions. Top staff and their communications director…were all equally silent, as if to prove Frank Rolfe’s previous point on their unwillingness to engage the media.

MHProNews will continue to monitor MHI’s responses, if any, and provide follow up from this as warranted. ##

(Editor’s Note: As our primary Daily Business News writer, RC Williams’ mission is reporting, not commentary. It’s a mission that management feels he does well – and the industry has responded to his writing with an ever larger audience. In this case, Wiliams was given the OK to share his personal thoughts on this highly charged issue, which MHProNews thanks him for offering – instead of just sounding off without warning. That’s a team player.)

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A 3D Home in Record Time? What the Future Holds

March 16th, 2017 Comments off
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The innovations in 3D printed homes continue at a break-neck pace. Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda, which printed a two-story villa that can reportedly withstand a magnitude eight earthquake, and PassivDom, a Ukrainian startup, has now come up with a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living.

And now, a San Francisco, California-based Apis Cor claims to have taken the process to a whole new level.

According to the Daily Mail, they unveiled a 400-square-foot house in a town outside of Moscow, Russia that was constructed using a mobile 3D printer.

In just 24 hours.

The Apis Cor technology printed walls, partitions, and other items, and appears to be the first company to develop a portable 3D printer able to print whole buildings entirely on location.

Construction took place in December 2016, and the company reports the materials used should last at least 175 years.

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The home in progress. Credit: Daily Mail.

This project was selected specifically, as one of the main purposes of this construction is to demonstrate the flexibility of equipment and diversity of available forms,the company said in a statement.

A distinctive feature of the printer is its design, which is reminiscent of the tower crane, allowing the printer to execute the printing process of constructing the building both inside and outside.

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The crane in action. Credit: Daily Mail.

Apis Cor says that this was the first time in the Russian construction that a house was printed as a whole, rather than assembled from pre-printed panels.

Impacts this Technology has upon the Manufactured Housing Industry?  

The company says that the cost for the model described above is $10,134. However,  buildings can be printed in various shapes and at a larger size, with the only restrictions on designs being the laws of physics.

When one of several mainstream news articles, reporting on that 10k figure, were shared with industry professionals with production connections, one source told MHProNews that “It could be a game changer and has the potential to eliminate thousands of manufactured housing factory jobs…. but that would be way down the road.”

The ramifications were shocking enough, that the source would only speak off the record.

There is a big ‘however,’ here.

Before investors, developers and others go bailing on manufactured housing, and stocks take a dump, there are likely several caveats to this report by Futurism and from others in the mainstream media that need to be properly understood,” said industry consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

We contacted the 3D producer directly, and they have yet to answer numerous questions that relate to interior finishes, what building codes this may or may not meet, total cost with all finish work, etc.  Because some in the mainstream media may not get it about all that goes into the total costs of a home, details like:

  • cabinetry,
  • flooring,
  • tape and texture,
  • electrical,
  • windows,
  • doors,
  • plumbing, etc.

they can easily be wowed by a claim – that when scrutized – doesn’t quite hold up. Think Jim Walters housing – shell homes sold at a lower price, but with signficant finish costs.”

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Another example of a story that drew media hype – but was missing key details – was a report out of Europe covered for the Daily Business News by Joe Dyton.

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Click the image above for facts the original story in the mainstream media missed.  “These are examples of why the industry needs an independent trade media, one that does some digging,” Kovach said.

MHI was contacted about the topic above – and the broader issue of potentially disruptive technologies negatively impacting manufactured housing – and they had no comment.

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Is MHI unprepared for issues that could disrupt the industry? Are they properly prepared to engage the mainstream media on topics that could at first blush seem to be harmful to manufactured housing interests? What lessons does the recent – and largely negative – NPR reporting hold for the industry at large, and what does it say about MHI’s engagement strategies? To learn more about such media and related questions – and what Frank Rolfe and other industry professionals have to say about them – click here.  MHARR has taken the position that the industry has a historic opportunity and can sell hundreds of thousands of homes a year, but must capitalize rapidly on opportunities that the Trump administration has made possible – to learn more about MHARR’s views, click here.  Pam Danner at HUD…is she one of those MH Industry roadblocks? For MHI award-winner Doug Gorman’s view on the Danner/HUD issue, click here. 

Possible Disruptions Are No Joke…

An association veteran told MHProNews that failing to adapt could result over time in manufactured housing’s associations becoming “the associations of mobile home remodelers.” It was a tongue-in-cheek way of saying – there would be widespread industry business failures, and that only remodeling work would be left – if the correct steps aren’t taken by members of the industry.

We are several years into our industry’s recovery. That’s good news.  But 3D, prefab, containers and tiny houses are all reminders that

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manufactured housing producers and others can’t rest on their laurels,” Kovach said. “Manufactured housing is an amazing option, that’s highly sustainable, so long as we grow more rapidly towards our potential.  There is a high cost – and risk – to low volume sales, which is why we’ve repeatedly said that aiming for hundreds of thousands of new home sales a year in a sustainable way is a must.”

“Some companies are taking steps to grow in a responsible way.  That’s good news. But absent such growth,” Kovach cautions, “our source is sadly but likely correct – in the next 5 to 10 years perhaps, technologies are emerging that could disrupt the manufactured housing industry.  Communities, production, lending, retailing – it could all change unless more of the industry’s members and leaders take the proper steps, now.”

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

In several off-the-record comments by professionals with community, production, association, retailing and other industry interests, say that the industry needs to pay attention.

For more on 3D printed homes, including the story of The BigDelta, the world’s largest 3D printer and its year-long mission to print a mud house, click here. ##

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What is Clayton Homes Up to With Partnership?

March 15th, 2017 Comments off
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It appears that the industry giant has formed a new partnership.

For tiny homes.

According to the Times Free Press, Clayton Homes is teaming up with Mountain Brook, Alabama-based Jeffrey Dungan Architects for “The Low Country,” a line of tiny homes with a unique spin.

When we started working on these tiny houses we began by thinking of living a more edited life and in simple ways and times,” said Dungan.

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Jeffery Duggan. Credit: Jeffery Duggan website.

As that line of thinking led to making architectural choices, we also found that simple lines were the most powerful and elegant. We looked at forms of simple outdoor structures and found tents and teepees and sheds. We found materials that were natural seemed to fit in best with what we were creating, and indeed in the environments that these structures might populate.

And out of that exploration came the Low Country design, which is currently featured in the Alabama Center for Architecture’s new exhibit, “Living Space: Tiny House Project.

Coming in at 393 square feet, the design incorporates high end features and finishes, including oak flooring, aluminum-clad windows and cedar shake shingles. The homes can sleep eight.

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Inside of the Low Country home. Credit: Times Free Press.

The homes are being made-to-order in our Addison facility. The approximately $120,000 homes take six-to-eight weeks to construct, said Clayton Homes representative Michael Burleson.

The home that’s now on exhibit is sold and will be shipped soon.

The Living Space exhibit features tiny spaces from across the globe, and was originally curated by Seattle based architect Garrett Reynolds.

It showcases unique and innovative micro-living spaces from New York City, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Seoul and Tokyo.

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Has the price-point shifted?  What The Times Free Press may not have known about this series, the Daily Business News has previously covered at this link here.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.

Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured homes (MH) in North America and is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Vertically integrated, the company has several hundred retail centers nationwide. Through its affiliates and family of brands, Clayton builds, sells, finances, leases and insures Clayton-built manufactured and modular homes.  The operation also buys products and uses services from other producers.

For the most recent closing numbers on all Berkshire Hathaway – and all MH industry-connected tracked stocks – please click here. 

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MH Dealer Bill Passes House – What Does it Mean?

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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In the great state of Indiana, a bill recently passed in the state house regarding manufactured housing dealerships that has a rather interesting twist.

House Bill 1119 was passed 94-0, and it places Manufactured Housing Dealers back into Indiana law.

According to the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), State Representatives Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) and Wes Culver (R-Goshen) co-authored the bill that moves dealers from their “voluntary status” to one that is recognized in Indiana statute under the Indiana Secretary of State Dealer Services Division.

Previously, manufactured home dealers were considered in statute, when the dealer services division was under the control of Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

When the division was moved to the Secretary of State, dealers still existed but dealer licenses were only voluntary.

The IMHA says that the bill became necessary because the industry has drastically changed the way that it sells homes, and manufacturers are now requiring those who sell their homes to be licensed dealers.

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In the past, manufactured homes were sold by dealerships with large inventories like an auto dealer, but now the vast majority of homes are sold in communities rather than from a dealer lot.

MHProNews has observed that nationally, the majority of manufactured homes are still sold by retailers, although the percentage going into communities has been rising for several years, often as rental units for larger MHC portfolio owners.

But in Indiana, the number of independent retailers plummeted after the 2008 crisis. For more insight, we reached out to IMHA Executive Director Ronald L. Breymier.

This legislation will only apply to Indiana, and yes, Indiana has very few traditional MH retailers left. The majority of MHs sold in Indiana are sold through manufactured housing communities,” said Breymier.

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As mentioned in the article, this changed sales environment requires state administrative adjustment to reflect the physical location of the ‘dealership’ selling from communities.

Those few that still operate as traditional dealers will still be operating in that fashion, but there will likely be different rules and regulations and requirements adopted to distinguish ‘in community sales centers’ from traditional MH dealerships. This is an initiative pushed and supported by our association.

Due to the evolution in business practice, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson began working with the IMHA to prepare a rule that would reflect changes of this type.

The challenge that prompted the bill, however, was when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) told the Secretary of State that dealers must be in statute before they can approve the rule. Therefore, IMHA had HB 1119 introduced to rectify the situation.

With the recent vote, the bill now moves on to the Senate Committee on Commerce for a hearing on March 9th.

Once the bill is approved, the Secretary of State will pursue administrative rule changes to modify the business requirements for manufactured homes sold by dealers located in manufactured housing communities. ##

 

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